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Planning a trip to Thailand?

Interesting facts and features of this fascinating travel destination

Thailand offers plenty of just about everything a traveller could wish for, from the vibrancy of Bangkok to rural villages and hill tribes, to the idyllic southern islands, Thailand is the sort of place you visit once and long for forever.

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about Thailand.

Thailand facts

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Monkey festival

One of the country's most unusual festivals is the annual Monkey Buffet, held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province.

More than 600 monkeys are invited to feast on over two tonnes of grilled sausage, fresh fruit, ice cream and other treats. The locals see it as a thank you to the monkeys which inhabit the village and bring thousands of tourists there each year.

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Thailand is truly a land of temples, with 35,000 of them. Visiting them requires modest clothing, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Siamese cats

Thailand used to be known as Siam, and it's the country where Siamese cats originated from.

Though there used to be 23 types of Siamese cats, there are now only six.

Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride on her wedding day is considered good luck.

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Thailand is home to the smallest mammal in the world, the Bumblebee bat, also known as Kitti's hog-nosed bat.

Thai sports

Muay Thai boxing is the national sport. It is known as "the art of eight limbs" as it uses punches, kicks, elbows and knees.

Elephant polo is another popular pastime. The King's Cup is one of the key events in the sport's calendar – the beach resort of Hua Hin is one of three host venues (the others are in Sri Lanka and Nepal).

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An elephant's trunk has more than 40,000 muscles, more than all the muscles in a human body combined.

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